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RIP Chris Squire

Although Prog Rock is not a genre with which we usually associate, we could not let the death of Yes bassist Chris Squire pass without comment.

29 - chris spireChris Squire, the highly respected bass player best known for his work with Yes, has died aged 67. Squire had been undergoing treatment for cancer in his hometown of Phoenix after being diagnosed with a form of acute myeloid leukaemia.

Squire was born in London in 1948, was a founding member of Yes, and is the only musician to have played on every one of the band’s albums. The band’s forthcoming summer tour with Toto will be the first time the band had ever performed live without him.

Andy Fraser dies

Although not our usual genre we could not let the fact that Andy Fraser, the bass player of classic rock band Free, has died at the age of 62 pass without comment.

Fraser had been battling both cancer and AIDS, but the cause of death has not yet been announced. The London-born musician died Monday (March 16) at home in California.

18 - andy fraserFraser was a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before co-founding Free with Paul Rodgers in 1968 when he was just 15. He co-wrote the band’s 1970 hit ‘All Right Now’ but left the group in 1972 to form Sharks with guitarist Chris Spedding. He then formed the Andy Fraser Band before moving to California and going on to write for artists such as Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart.

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa paid tribute to Fraser on Twitter, writing: “I am extraordinarily sad to hear of the passing of Andy Fraser. He was one of the greatest and I was proud to call him my friend.”

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